Easter Reflection The 2nd Eucharist

Of all of the Gospel passages my favorite is the road to Emmaus. It is in many ways the most Catholic passage in all scripture and in a sense carries the most important symbol to us thousands of years later. Consider. We have two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Men who had traveled with … Continue reading Easter Reflection The 2nd Eucharist

Easter Triduum Reflections: Holy Saturday: The big day

It may seem strange to describe Holy Saturday as "The big day". In terms of salvation the Crucifixion on Good Friday and the Resurrection of Easter would seem bigger. Yet in terms of the church the biggest mass of the year comes on Holy Saturday in the form of the Easter Vigil. You have the … Continue reading Easter Triduum Reflections: Holy Saturday: The big day

Easter Triduum Reflections Good Friday, Picking up your Check

While the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday is the biggest mass of the year Good Friday is the most solemn day in the Christian Calendar, it is when it comes down to it not just the Reason for the Season of Lent, but it's the reason for everything, but because it is so solemn we … Continue reading Easter Triduum Reflections Good Friday, Picking up your Check

Triduum Reflections Holy Thursday: Prepwork

The next three days compose the shortest season of the Church's calendar where we celebrate the Last Supper and the creation of the Eucharist. At that Last Supper the Apostle John notes that Jesus gave a very long discourse, in fact so long the gospel readings for the entire Easter season will consist of the … Continue reading Triduum Reflections Holy Thursday: Prepwork

Lenten Reflections Seventh Wednesday of Lent, Holding our Ground

Today is the actual end of the Church's Lenten Season one of the longest seasons of the Church year to be followed by the Easter Triduum, the shortest season (three days). Many catholic's like myself traditionally keep up their Lenten sacrifices till Easter thus you will see three more "Lenten Reflections" pieces (titled Triduum reflections) … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Seventh Wednesday of Lent, Holding our Ground

Lenten Reflections Sixth Monday in Lent: Building up

The 1st three days of Holy Week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are in a way the plain sisters of the week. Daily mass is celebrated the Gospel is read but it's pretty much the calm before the storm of that breaks beginning Thursday. But it's worth noting that while the Church generally doesn't do anything … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Monday in Lent: Building up

Lenten Reflections Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) The Fickle World

Palm Sunday is in many ways the oddest day in Lent. We open the mass with the celebration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the blessing of the palms and then quickly pivot to the Lord's Passion and Crucifixion. It's quite a contrast but it's a great example of the fickle nature of the world. … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) The Fickle World

Lenten Reflections Sixth Saturday of Lent A good “Tip”

When I was younger one of my favorite books was Tip O'Neill's Autobiography Man of the House. There is a lot of great stuff in it but the bit that sticks in my head the most is a piece of advice that a young Tip received from Boston's famous or infamous mayor James Michael Curley … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Saturday of Lent A good “Tip”

Lenten Reflections 6th Friday in Lent: …but only just

Yesterday we noted that one of the lies of the Devil is that one is too far gone to repent but noted that while rejecting that lie that we don't fall for the trap that comes with it, namely thinking we have forever to return to God. We don't. We have our lifetime to come … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Friday in Lent: …but only just

Lenten Reflections 5th Monday in Lent: Hidden Treasures

We talked a bit about some of the false memes concerning the church that are advanced by those who oppose it, The other side of that coin are things done in the name of the church that get ignored. Two examples: In Worcester MA there is a place called Visitation House that takes in homeless … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Monday in Lent: Hidden Treasures

Lenten Reflections 5th Sunday of Lent: The Payoff

Yesterday I attended the 19th annual Catholic Men's conference in Worcester for WQPH 89.3 Radio. It is an event I attend regularly for the station but all week leading up to it my heart wasn't in it. it had been a long week at work. The event meant getting up very early and a bit … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Sunday of Lent: The Payoff

Lenten Reflections 5th Thursday of Lent. Locks and Passwords.

Over at Robert Stacy McCain's site in a piece about as he puts it "the cult of self esteem" links to a talk where a student questions a lectioner asking why we need a book to tell us what to do. Do you think without it we will all start raping and killing each other. … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Thursday of Lent. Locks and Passwords.

Lenten Reflections 4th Tuesday of Lent The Price of Scripture

One of the oldest phony myths about the Catholic Church is the idea that the church actively discouraged the reading of the bible and thus kept them securely fastened by chains in churches. The myth here is not the securing of a bible, but the REASON for it. A while back there was a story … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Tuesday of Lent The Price of Scripture

Lenten Reflections 4th Monday of Lent: As Needed

Yesterday's first reading from the book of Joshua documents one of the most significant events in Jewish History: Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you." 3While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of the … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Monday of Lent: As Needed

Lenten Reflections 4th Sunday of Lent. Forgive Yourself

Yesterday we talked about the fist mistake we make concerning God's mercy. namely discounting it because of it's ease and thus not taking advantage of the sacrament, today we're going to talk about the other big mistake that is sometimes made after receiving confession, not forgiving yourself. One of the big tactics of the enemy … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Sunday of Lent. Forgive Yourself